Ural people are preparing for the «Children of Asia»
Presentation of the 1st Winter Children of Asia International Sports Games is underway in the federal districts of Russia. Today, a press conference was held in Yekaterinburg – the capital of the Ural Federal District. The district will be sending a delegation of 124 people, among them 84 athletes. The Head of the Economics and Social Policy Department at Presidential Envoy in the Ural Federal District Mr. Vladimir CHEREPANOV, the Minister of Physical Culture and Sports of Sverdlovsk Region Mr. Leonid RAPOPORT, Director of the Training Center for United Teams of Sverdlovsk Region Mr. Yakov ZOBNIN shared the details of preparations. The press conference was also attended by the President of Children of Asia Games International Committee Mr. Dmitry GLUSHKO, and Deputy Director General of the Games Administration Mr. Sergei KHATYLYKOV.
Firstly, Mr. Vladimir CHEREPANOV noted that the first edition of Children of Asia Winter Games was a very important event for athletes of the Ural Federal District. At Summer Games, UFD team came fourth among teams from 36 countries and regions.
— We are going to make a worthy competition to other federal districts. I know that the Siberian Federal District claims to be in the first place, but I can say with confidence that we will not be standing aside, — said Mr. CHEREPANOV.
The Minister of Sports and Physical Culture of Sverdlovsk Region added that the Games were a true start-up for all the athletes.
— It is certainly an opportunity to build up the reserve for the country’s national teams. We have athletes that we are proud of, and who are also graduates of the Summer Children of Asia Games. I wish our athletes good luck at the competitions, — added. Mr. RAPOPORT.
To date, selection has been completed for 7 events. Tomorrow the line-up of alpine skiing team will be outlined.
— Currently we’re in the middle of application campaign: submitting all the documents for the kids. This is a huge amount of work. And I am sure that we are ready to challenge any other team, — said the Director of the Training Center Mr. Yakov ZOBNIN.
Mr. Dmitry GLUSHKO, the President of the Games International Committee, mentioned that the preparation for the Games was full steam ahead in island region of Sakhalin. The authorities of the region take the responsibility very seriously. The fact that these are children’s games make the efforts more challenging for the host party.
— The athletes who will be arriving at Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk are future young Olympic athletes. That is why we have to provide Olympic Games environment for them. A whole range of working panels is now operating in the region. They are in charge of transportation, catering, and accommodation. In addition to sports program, an amusement park will be operating in the capital city of the region. 1,000 volunteers have already been recruited. They will assist athletes, judges, and guests, — shared Mr. GLUSHKO.
The 1st Winter Children of Asia International Sports Games will be held on February 8 to 17, 2019 in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Competitions will be held in 8 events: biathlon, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, figure skating, snowboarding, ice hockey, and short track. To date, 20 countries have applied for participation, the organizers expect this number to increase to 25.
Among participating teams are Vietnam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Cambodia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Republic of Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, the Philippines, Japan, as well as teams from Moscow, Russia’s republics of Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, Sakha (Yakutia), and Far Eastern, Siberian and Ural Federal Districts of Russia.
Competitions will be hosted by six sports venues that are already operating and widely popular among residents of the island region: Gorniy Vozdukh Sports and Tourist Resort, Skiing and Biathlon Center, Kristall Ice Palace, Arena City Ice Center, Gora Parkovaya Skiing Center, and Ski Jumping Center.
— On December 22 Yakutsk, the birthplace of the Children of Asia games, will see the lighting of the Games Flame. On December 23, the torch will be relayed around the city, then the torch keepers from Sakhalin, graduates of the Summer Games, will transport it to Sakhalin, where it will be relayed through all municipalities of the region. On February 9, the torch will light the Flame at the official opening of the 1stWinter Children of Asia International Sports Games, — said Mr. Sergei KHATYLYKOV, Deputy Director General of the Games Administration.
Ilya MAN’KOV has been ski jumping for several years already. This year for the first time he has qualified to represent the UFD at the 1st Winter Children of Asia International Sports Games.
— I can’t stop thinking about the coming event, and I am nervous. My coach says I need to keep training and stop worrying about opponents. My main rival is myself. So, I’m planning to faceoff myself. I also really want to visit Sakhalin, — said Ilya.
The coach of the Ural Federal District team Mr. Sergei GOGLOV is holding back from mentioning the quantity of medals they are expecting to get.
— You just have to be training, not guessing. We don’t have much snow this year. We’ve been preparing at training camps. I’ve been explaining them that these competitions are a great responsibility, and I prepare them psychologically, — the coach said.
The entirety of information can be found at the Games website www.sakhalin2019.org. Media Accreditation started on November 15 and will last until December 31 inclusive.
1st Winter Children of Asia International Sports Games will be held on February 8 to 17, 2019 in the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Among participants are official national teams of the Olympic Council of Asia member-countries that have passed preliminary and qualifying tournaments. The Children of Asia Games are positioned as a preparatory stage for the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games to be held in Lausanne. The Games are held with the support of the International Olympic Committee, the Olympic Council of Asia, the Government of the Russian Federation, and the Russian Olympic Committee.